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    Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-he...-idUSKBN1CG2PC


    October 11, 2017 / 3:36 PM / Updated 15 hours ago
    For some kids, bullying may not leave lasting mental scars
    Lisa Rapaport

    4 Min Read

    (Reuters Health) - Children who are bullied during their pre-teen years may experience mental health issues like anxiety and depression, but a study of twins suggests that some victims may not experience lasting psychological problems.

    Researchers examined data on about 11,000 twins born in England and Wales from 1994 to 1996. The youth completed assessments on their exposure to bullying when they were 11 and 14 years old, and they had mental health evaluations when they were 11 and 16 years old.

    At age 11, kids who reported bullying were more likely than children who weren’t victims of peer victimization to report anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, inattention and conduct problems, the study found.

    Some effects appeared to diminish over time, however. After five years, there no longer appeared to be a link between bullying and anxiety, but an association persisted for issues like cognitive disorganization and paranoid thoughts.

    “Most children will get better,” said Judy Silberg, author of an accompanying editorial and a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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    But it would be a mistake to assume all psychological problems associated with childhood bullying go away by age 16, Silberg said by email...

    ...SOURCES: bit.ly/2ybPQ60 and bit.ly/2zeYOj3 JAMA Psychiatry, online October 4, 2017.
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